51st Anniversary – 2017 Mn Ironman Bike Ride Info

Thank You for joining us!

We are honored to have you on the 2017 Minnesota Ironman.  With confidence I can guarantee a better weather day than last year.  It was miserably cold, wet and windy.  I’m expecting mid 50’s and hopefully no rain.  But come prepared like good Minnesotans. Whether you plan to ride the route loops of 25, 45, 55 or 100, our goal is to provide you with an outstanding day of cycling.  Most riders plan to ride 55 miles or more, weather permitting. You are an experienced and hearty group of riders. Carver County is a great partner in this ride.  They are asking our cooperation to make the ride work for everyone.  We need to show better courtesy to officers and show we can ride by the law.  Please note the requests that follow. In the days before our ride, check our web site and Facebook page for any quick updates.  We are looking forward to hosting another great Minnesota Ironman Bicycle Ride. Thank you for joining us!

Day of Ride Resources

Rider Number

We assign everyone an individual rider number to greatly speed up morning rider check-in and registration. This gets you out on your bike ASAP. If you gave us an email address with your registration, (and have not opted out of receiving our newsletters) you will receive an email with your rider registration number on Saturday, April 22nd. Please copy this rider number and bring it with you on ride day.

If you mailed in your registration and did not give us an email address, or you forget to bring your rider number with your ride morning, or you never received it either way, you can look your number up in alphabetized books at registration. It only takes a minute. Don’t sweat it.

All Minnesota Ironman riders must check-in INSIDE the registration building before starting the ride.

Need your number?

Click inside of table and use Ctrl-F for quicker search for your name.

We are still looking for help…

The Minnesota Ironman crew is still looking for additional volunteers to help on Saturday with set-up anytime from 10AM – 5PM at the fairgrounds and for Sunday. Go to  GetMeRegistered and sign up for a shift or two or
call Leah at 651-442-8629 to volunteer. 

Ride Day Schedule

  • Rider Check-in and Registration opens 6:30am and closes 9:30am.
  • Ride Start: All riders must check in/register and start their rides between 6:30 and 9:30am. You will receive a route map and your official rider bracelet.  There is no mass start for the Ironman.
  • Riders on the 100 mi loop should depart by 8:30am.
  • All riders must finish their routes by 5:30 pm, at which time MIBR ride support officially ends.
  • Day-Of-Ride Registration: If someone from your group plans on registering to ride on ride morning, there will be a special line for morning registration. Get there early to make sure you are out on the road on schedule.

Parking – Directions to Ride Start

Click on map for a printable PDF version

What To Bring: A Checklist

  1. Your rider number
  2. Your bicycle and all necessary cycling gear
  3. Your helmet. Helmets are required for all riders.
  4. Appropriate riding gear. Check the weather. Dress appropriately.
  5. Water bottle(s), sunscreen, extra food
  6. Personal ID – carry with you at all times
  7. Cell phone
  8. Tire patch kit, pump, basic bike tools.
  9. Cash or credit card if you want to make pit stops along the route or buy a souvenir afterwards; however our rest stops will have plenty of food/drink.
  10. Clean, dry clothes for post ride. Feels good!

Rest Stops

All of our rest stops offer refreshments for our riders including Gatorade, water and a variety of snacks and fruit.  Plus: Restrooms, Mechanics, First Aid and buses available.  The rest stops make a great place to get off your bike and regroup. If you should need mechanical assistance, or a ride back to the ride start (Waconia High School) there will be volunteers to help you. See the official route map for the rest stop locations.


The MIBR has been held every year since 1967, rain or shine. It is not cancelled for weather. Riders can tell you great stories about the times they have rode in rain, snow and howling winds. However, it can also be pleasant and sunny – even warm!  Please be prepared for all types of weather. Check the forecast. Dress for the weather, and you will have a great day. Sometimes the greater the challenge, the better the reward.
Our motto:  There is no such thing as bad weather only inappropriate clothing 🙂


Police Support, Rider Support, Safety, Emergency

Rider safety is our absolute number one priority concern. We work hard to make sure that good routes are chosen with good road conditions. Traffic is lighter on Sunday morning, but nevertheless cyclists will be sharing the road and trails with vehicles and pedestrians.  All traffic rules apply to cyclists.

Police/Sheriff: There wil l be police and sheriff support at major intersections. Often you will see them controlling traffic lights from within their vehicles at a distance. They work extremely hard with us to keep our riders safe.

Please thank them.


If you (or anyone you see) has a physical emergency immediately dial 911. We have ambulances and medics standing by in the event of any emergency. Do not hesitate to call.

MIBR Rider (SAG) Hotline:

 If you need to speak with Ironman central command, for a mechanical or a SAG pickup, call the hotline number listed on your official ride map.

Mechanical Support:

There will be bicycle mechanics at every MIBR rest stop. Please see them if you need any help with your bicycle.
SAG wagons (“support and gear” vans) will be driving the routes offering support.  SAGs and other support vehicles will have yellow warning lights on top this year. If you should have mechanical problems or feel unable to complete the ride, call the rider helpline on your official map, and we will organize a pickup. Rest stops are a great place to refuel and decide if you want to continue riding. School buses will be on hand at rest stops to shuttle riders back to Waconia High School.

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